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ii         THE CHURCH OF S. JOHN OF THE STUDION        37
celebrated divine service in their chapels day and night without ceasing^ like the worshippers in the courts of heaven.
a Even thus of old
Our ancestors, within the still domain Of vast cathedral or conventual church Their vigils kept: where tapers day and night On the dim altar burned continually. In token that the House was ever more Watching to God.    Religious men were they ; Nor would their reason, tutored to aspire Above this transitory world, allow That there should pass a moment of the year When in their land the Almighty's service ceased.5
But this devout practice does not seem to have been long continued at the Studion ; for we never hear of it in any account of the discipline of the House. The monks of the Studion should therefore not be identified with the Akoimeti who took up such a determined and independent attitude in the theological conflicts under Zeno^ Basiliscus, and Justinian the Great.1
In the course of its history the church underwent noteworthy repairs on two occasions. It was first taken in hand for that purpose^ soon after the middle of the eleventh century 32 by the Emperor Isaac Comnenus (1057-58)5 who was interested in the House because he and his brother had received part of their education in that c illustrious and glorious school of virtue.7 3 What the repairs then made exactly involved is unfortunately not stated. But3 according to ScylitzeSj they were so extensive that úto tell in detail what the emperor and empress did for the embellishment of the church would surpass the labour of Hercules.'4 Probably they concerned chiefly the decoration of the edifice.
The next repairs on record were made about the year 12905 in the reign of Andronicus II., by his unfortunate brother Constantine Porphyrogenitus. Owing to the neglect
1  Theophanes, pp. 187, z*& 5 Evagrius, cc 18, 19, 21.    In the list of the
abbots who subscribed one of the documents connected with the Synod held at Constantinople in 536, the two establishments are clearly distinguished. They are distinguished also by Antony of Novgorod in xzoo, Mn. russesy pp. 97, IQQ,
2  Scylitxes, p, 650.
3  Niccphoriw Bryennius, p, xSi,                      * Cedrenus, ii. p, 650.